Day 145 – Miss Better
On: March 25, 2015 | By: admin
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As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed – or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42
Martha had issued the invitation and was preparing tea and cake for them all. Sister Mary sat and listened to their guest. Seems a reasonable division of labour, although maybe Mary could have offered a helping hand to her sister. But things got a bit tetchy as Martha turned the mood sour, protesting to her guest about her sister’s inaction. Oops! Clearly, Martha was significantly stressed as we are told that she was distracted, worried, upset … and Jesus’s repeated “Martha” suggests she needed some calming down.
I wonder what Martha’s face looked like as Jesus, rather than chivvying Mary to roll her sleeves up, invites Martha to stop flapping about the flap jacks and sit down herself … adding that Mary’s calm attentiveness was the better choice! Was she even more livid, or did she take a deep breath and relax?
Easy to smile at Martha’s silliness, but I wonder which one most of us, on our 21st Century hamster wheels, more closely resemble?
Truth is, Martha let a good instinct – making Jesus welcome – become a bad outcome – determined to be the hostess with the mostest!
For me, I need to slow myself down to spend quality time with family, friends, work colleagues and, most importantly, with God. Otherwise my energies will be twisted into a whirlwind of aimlessness and I, too, will miss out on what is better.
Father God, keep me alert to what are the important things in life. Grant me boldness to take decisions that enable my lifestyle to reflect this. Amen